6.26.12 Same As It Ever Was

Eldred 790 xxx
the house that change built
Welcome to the newly designed Glutton for Life!
Much is said about change—its inevitability, its power to engender fear...and transformation. I believe that if we don't create change, change will create us. When it comes at you, you can either wrestle it like a big slippery alligator, or just do your best to ride the wave. Nine years ago, when my husband died of cancer and I was trudging through the Slough of Despond in Los Angeles, change felt like the slow flaying of my skin. Three years ago, when I left my familiar life in New York City for the wilds of Sullivan County, change was like an enormous infusion of oxygen and optimism. Life is change, and that's never more apparent than when you live close to nature and really experience the cycle of birth and death that is constantly on display. Even the simple blossoming and wilting of a flower in a single day is a reminder. Life is short, my friends, and we must not waste a moment clinging to what we have already lost. The perfection and freshness of youth is one thing, the patina and widsom of age quite another. But they are two sides of the same coin, and of equal value.
Ls&gb 790 xxx
the latest incarnation
I loved my loft on the Bowery, breakfasts at Balthazar and shopping sprees at Barneys. I loved my trainer and my colorist. Now that's all gone, replaced by a cottage in the woods, my own cozy kitchen, a pair of denim coveralls and a head of silver hair. Who could have predicted this? Not I. The best part? New love emerged from the ashes of my former life. And a greater understanding of who I am and what is important.

All this may seem a bit heavy as a prelude to announce the new design of Glutton for Life, but there you are. Several months ago, I decided that we needed to simplify things and make the site more efficient. Let me take this opportunity to walk you through some of the features:

SUBSCRIBE - this box at the top lets you enter your email if you'd like to be notified when a new post goes up

SEARCH - type in an ingredient or key word and it should direct you to relevant posts

FACEBOOK, PINTEREST and TWITTER buttons link to my accounts so you can follow me if you like. My social media involvement waxes and wanes but I am learning to have fun with it and I'd really appreciate your support.

ABOUT includes some biographical and philosophical information, as well as a new list of RESOURCES you might find useful.

ARCHIVE lets you search content by year and month.

LINKS is a constantly updating list of blogs I like in several different categories.

RECIPES are organized three ways—alphabetically, by category and by season—to help you find what you want to cook right now. Don't forget there is also the DOWNLOAD RECIPE feature so you can print them out.

SHOP - This is in the works! At first it will be a curated selection of links to things you can buy on other sites, but I hope to have a small collection of my own GfL products available in time for the holidays this year. Please stay tuned...

Let me know how you like the new changes. I'm so grateful to Studio Lin for the beautiful design; Sasha Prood for the charming illustrations; and GrayBits for the sleek efficiency. Our goal was a more streamlined and intuitive design that would make the site easier to navigate and the content more accessible. Thank you, as always, for your support and contributions to this space. Without you, I'm nothing. xo



everything looks great, congratulations! I look forward to watching the ongoing evolution unfold xo
stephanie on June 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm —
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm —
the new site looks wonderfui--congrats!
nikki on June 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm —
Thank you, Nikki!
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm —
The site looks great but mostly I'm thinking about what you wrote, and how beautiful and inspiring it is. And also, as always, you guys look just too cool for words.
Pauline Gaines on June 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm —
Oh, Pauline, you're making me blush...
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm —
You are a rock star and I am the luckiest man alive.
G on June 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm —
Guess that entitles you to breakfast in bed again tomorrow...
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm —
i love your ever evolving story, and aspire to be so wise and witty. please do keep me in touch. xx
mark welsh on June 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm —
Mark, you definitely shine in the wit department, you humble thing!
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm —
Michelle on June 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm —
Feeling is mutual, Michelle.
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm —
life is good when it allows pain and grief to grow into love! I like the new look.
Karen on June 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm —
Thanks, Karen! Life is funny that way...
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm —
Beautiful post....xo
Heidi on June 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm —
Thanks for the support, Heidi!
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm —
Love this post as well as the redesign.
Shawn Ouweleen on June 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm —
Really appreciate the positive feedback, Shawn!
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm —
Wow...Completely fantastic. A whole new level! Congratulations!
Lisa on June 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm —
It's a work in progress, sister...
laura on June 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm —
The site looks gorgeous. I recently read this quote: “Getting over a painful l experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis Wishing you blog love.
Ronnie on June 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm —
Thanks, Ronnie! Those are wise words.
laura on June 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm —
Most of all I like that your "new post" message showed up in my mailbox for the first time in months... congrats on the new design - larger photos are always better!
judy b on June 27, 2012 at 7:59 am —
What a true and heartfelt way to kick off the new design. Looks great. Bravo!
Jan on June 27, 2012 at 8:30 am —
Hey Laura - I love the new look. Super clean and fresh. Nice work! Congrats!
Rob on June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am —
Thanks, Rob. That means a lot coming from you!
laura on June 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm —
swanky! a feast for the peepers. xo
janet on June 27, 2012 at 10:23 am —
Mily on June 27, 2012 at 11:06 am —
I literally have chills writing this email! You are a total rockstar, Laura! Not to mention, you're an inspiration and a genuine class act! I'm excited to be apart of your journey through lens of GfL!! xoxo
OnMyPlate on June 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm —
Too kind. I follow you right back, mama!
laura on June 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm —
The new look is great. And it was great to see you and George in Oregon - that roasted lamb and homemade Slivovitz was a treat eh? Now that's what i call community and a summer partee
Bill L. on June 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm —
It was a rare treat, Bill! xo
laura on June 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm —
the site looks great. i love the fun letters on your link/recipe pages. you are brave and true. thank you for sharing. mostly, i like the comments (esp. G's ) and a further glimpse into your love and understanding of one another. amazing.
g on June 28, 2012 at 1:57 am —
Thank you, "little" g. Between you and G, I get plenty of love. xo
laura on June 28, 2012 at 5:48 am —
I feel fortunate to have seen the house Before, now settled and looking beautiful. You've done a great job ofwith the yard. How about a photo of that *front and back for us to admire. Happy Fourth and Boxer Day!
vivian on June 28, 2012 at 9:54 am —
Vivian, I will get George to shoot some photos of the garden soon. It's kind of a jungle!
laura on June 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm —
I don't recognize that bearded guy--Oh, your grilller? Seriously glad you included George in the photo.
vivian on June 28, 2012 at 9:56 am —
The new layout is, as you say, more intuitive, and looks great. As one who discovered your site only recently, and who was not yet a familiar, may I say I loved the other? It had a shriek of off-the-wall genius about it. None like it. I understand the desire for change, though - very well. I look forward to more.
Marie on June 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm —
Welcome, Marie! I, too, was enamored of my old site, but ultimately it was confusing for most readers. People could not even find the subscribe button! i hope it still retains enough of me to be unique. I am a fan of your work, btw, and excited you have come to visit.
laura on June 30, 2012 at 6:43 am —
I'm pretty much a blog-virgen, and adored and was very proud of GlotonaXlaVida's previous iteration. But this one has surpassed it. It's easy, intuitive (even for neófitas) swooningly beautiful, and inspirational. I love it. Rock on, Wiggles. xxoo
Hambrienta on June 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm —
Thanks, hermana! That means a lot to me. xo
laura on July 1, 2012 at 8:06 am —
Well GOSH LAURA! Well gosh laura! Well, well, well, well WELL DONE sweet lady!! What a very big surprise. I've been away for a bit, and just look! I mean, just look! xxoo
Susan kallenbach on July 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm —
Welcome back, Susan! You've been missed.
laura on July 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm —
your blog is one of my favorites! I follow GfL, among others, via Google Reader, and just today decided to check in after not seeing a post since "Portlandia!" (One of my favorite shows!) I wonder if this has something to do with the redesign?
matt on July 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm —
Hey, Matt. With the redesign, we eliminated the RSS feed—that's what you use, right? I was told "nobody uses that." Hmmm...I'll look into reinstating it. In the meantime, maybe you want to subscribe? That way you'll be alerted when there's a new post. Thanks for being here.
laura on July 9, 2012 at 10:16 am —
Our meeting at Tomo and Paul's was too brief, as I was called away to Milford; crossed paths again. Roy, the nosy neighbor
Roy Nagakubo on July 10, 2012 at 3:21 am —
Your words touch me deeply and remind me to try and fly.... you are a true beauty inside and out.
nancy b on November 27, 2012 at 1:35 am —
Thanks, Nancy. That means a lot coming from you. xo
laura on November 27, 2012 at 6:45 am —